S E C R E T VILNIUS 000494
FOR S/WCI:CWILLIAMSON, MLAVINE, SMUBANGU
E.O. 12958: DECL: 07/04/2017
TAGS: PTER PINR LH
SUBJECT: DETAINEE ISSUE ON TRACK
REF: A) VILNIUS 312 B) JUNE 22 E-MAIL
Classified By: AMBASSADOR JOHN CLOUD FOR REASONS 1.4 (B) AND (D)
Â¶1. (S) MFA Under Secretary Zygimantas Pavilionis told the
Ambassador on July 3 that Lithuania remains willing to accept
some detainees from the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center.
Pavilionis said that things were going smoothly. The only
reason the process has slowed down is that the MFA needs to
bring the new Head of the State Security Department, Povilas
Malakauskas, up to speed on the issue. FM Vaitiekunas met
with Malakauskas on July 4 to provide an in-brief and
Pavilionis told the Ambassador that this issue would be
discussed in that meeting.
Â¶2. (S) Pavilionis went on to say that the GOL was preparing
to move into the implementation phase of this project. He
said there was a "political green light" to proceed. We will
report further developments as they arise.